Creative Sparks 16.02.2024 – Anti-Valentines

12.02.2024  |  Creative Youth

On Friday 16 February (19:00), we are excited to announce our third themed evening of Creative Sparks – Anti-Valentines. This event has been programmed by our Young Creative, Amy Lever.

Creative Sparks sees emerging artists from different backgrounds to take over FUSEBOX with music, visual art, theatre, comedy and more. That could be the beginnings of a new project, a chance to test an idea out, or even an artist’s first opportunity to share their work with the world. Creative Sparks is funded by Arts Council England.


About our Artists

Maria Telnikoff

Maria Telnikoff (she/they) is a writer, performer and alternative comedian. Creator of five star show  “My Dad Wears A Dress” (Nottingham Playhouse, Vagina Museum, Camden People’s Theatre and Underbelly, Edinburgh) about her experience of growing up with a trans female parent, she is excited to bring an excerpt of her new show “All The Men Are Going To Hate Me” to Creative Sparks.

It is also touring to Riverside Studio’s Bitesize Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival and Brighton Fringe. The show is about one woman’s attempt to write The Great (Female) Novel of the 21st Century. Part stand-up, part poetry, part interpretive dance, it’s an exploration of love, sex and literature. Maria is also co-host of alt comedy night Soft Play Area and a graduate of SOHO Theatre Comedy Labs Plus.

Instagram – @mariatelnikoff21


Jas Nisic

Jas Nisic (they/them) is a multi-award nominated Theatre-Maker and Singer-Songwriter, nominated for two consecutive OffFest Awards and shortlisted for Best LGBTQA+ production at the Greater Manchester Fringe. Their work has been supported by Queer Superbia Arts Fund and LGBT Foundation. They trained at the Royal Academy of Music in Musical Theatre.

Jas has been described as a “Mancunian Lily Allen’’ with relatable original music in a jazzy/folky style, Jas has been featured at Stockport Pride and BBC Radio Manchester, and was recently commissioned by HOME Manchester to write a song in response to the film “Red Shoes”.

Instagram – @jazzbyjas

Charisa Francis

Charisa is a creative – artist and actor with a background in musical theatre. In short, she is passionate about all the arts!

She began painting therapeutically focusing on self-discovery and understanding the world around her. Drawing inspiration from artists like Bansky and Kara Walker, Charisa brings the art of storytelling to her work. She uses her creativity to illustrate her play on common sayings, in a style she calls “abstract-literal”. Charisa is now exploring deeper messages through digital art.

Her abstract approach and use of vibrant colours (symbolising emotions) creates a visual world on canvas for inner thoughts and feelings.

Instagram – @charisa_x


Natalia Bo

I am an Argentinian visual artist. I studied Arts and Set Design at the Fine Arts University, National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. I dedicated myself to murals and acrylic on canvas paintings. All my work is related to the flora and fauna from Latin America, my hometown, friends and family.

I moved to England in 2019 with the aim of growing and expanding my art. I had the opportunity to exhibit back home in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Barcelona, and here in the UK, Bristol and Bath. I love to work inspired by what is around me and learn what comes with it.

Instagram – @natbo_


Be sure to visit our the Creative Sparks event page to secure your tickets!

Our final Creative Sparks event is coming up this Friday, make sure to come along and see what else we have in store!

– 23 February 2024 (CARE & HEALING)